Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) | Short's Brewing Company

Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)
309 Ratings
Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.15%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Robust Porter.

Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of BBP
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is decent. Pours nice and thick with slight head, but the retention was good. Hints of lacing.

The aroma was a bit under-pronounced, but it smells very well rounded and balanced. It hints at some chocolate and roast.

The flavor is incredible. I'm used to thinking of porters as lighter stouts with flavors that just don't mesh as well, but this is incredibly full, well balanced and smooth. The flavor hit's a nice balance between the sweet dark malt and the bitterness from the roasted malt. Chocolate is quite evident in this, but it's a nice rich chocolate. A hint of caramel rounds it out, but manages to stay very subtle.

The body is as good as it gets. It's nice and full with a medium weight to it. The finish is slightly dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a really great porter. I wish I would have grabbed a lot more of this. I could easily get a case of this without any regrets. The drinkability is perhaps what makes this what it is. It goes down so great, and has a flavor that makes you want more. The alcohol is nearly invisible. I'm surprised I just found out about this gem from Shorts recently. Look forward to trying the rest.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Derek.

Pours nearly black in color with a small tan head. Quite a bit of roasted malt and licorice. Some molasses and dark chocolate aromas are also present. It’s somewhat oxidized and there’s a little dark fruit character, to it. A really nice roasted malt flavor to this. A hint of graham cracker and vanilla sweetness. There’s a bit of molasses and licorice, too. Medium body with a low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, opaque and a slight tan head after a vigorous pour. Smells of coffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. I taste big roasted malts and chocolate. Very robust. This is very much not unlike a Russian Imperial Stout. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is heavy and lightly carbonated. Overall, I'm glad I tried it. But this is too much like an RIS to set it apart.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Was looking for this for so long in the old big bottle format, had basically given up until Christmas, when low and behold, there is was visiting home, though in this small bottle.

The standard near black pour, layer of cream head.

Aroma, roast malt, caramels, dark chocolate.

Taste, Roast malt, nearly burnt toffee, cocoa. Pleasant, but actually quite dry with the roast, light coffee and cocoa.

Solid medium body. Coating, nearly creamy. Drinks quite well. To be honest it doesn't feel nearly 9.15 big, I seriously wonder if this batch is less.

Straight forward, solid, but for some reason I was expecting even more. Well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of jacob4999
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz fresh 2011 bottle

Appearance: Pours a rich dark black which allows no light to pass through. Small one finger head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a very light lacing.

Smell: Dark coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Very pleasant!

Taste: Definite roasted malts followed by the coffee and a light bitter chocolate follow through. The alcohol is noticeable but it's a slight burn. Bitter chocolate aftertaste sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Creamy up front with that dry bitter finish. Decent amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall: Not a bad offering from Shorts. Not quite up to Founders Porter level but this is a decent porter which I could see myself drinking again, kinda too bad it's a special release. Will definitely grab another six if it comes around again and I see it but probably wouldn't go to an extreme to get it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours pitch black with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't last long and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla and molasses. Very nice.

T - Follows the smell nicely. Roasted malts that are somewhat bitter, both bittersweet and a touch of milk chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla. A very faint sweet element. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but doesn't detract from the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and an earthy dry finish.

O - Between this and Black Cherry Porter, I really wish Short's would do a year-round porter, as they are both very good. Hope this becomes at least an annual release, if not more often.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Used motor oil dark brown. Murky. Half inch of dense, creamy, dark sandy brown head. Some lacing. Inviting nose of roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. I could smell this for a while.

The taste does not disappoint. Bitterish coffee notes up front. Roasted malts follow, but soon turn sweet and chocolatey. Caramel and dark fruit play together, before iced mocha java takes us to the finish. Notes of nougat, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and peat flash here and there and settle in for a long roasty-sweet finish. Medium-full body with a slightly sticky feel. A delicious, sinfully good beer! A great way to start off this New Year's Eve!

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Photo of BeRanger
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle poured into a Tulip.

A: Poured dark black with a nice rich mocha colored rim, about one finger which lingered for awhile.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, dark fruits and possibly caramel?

T: Roasted malts and chocolate hit first with a touch of the molasses, dark fruits and something else I can't quite put a finger on come through on the back-end, leaves a smooth finish with no real taste of alcohol. The ABV is listed as 8.5% this year.

N: Full bodied, the right amount of carbonation.

O: It was a very good porter from Short's, perhaps I'd give it higher marks if I hadn't be used to drinking so many wonder barrel aged porters lately. I do which this or sustenance would be available year-end.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of DannyDan
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue that has a thin tan head with decent retention and lacing. The smell is of chocolate,roasted coffee and dark fruits. The taste starts out with chocolate, some dark fruit and coffee and follows with some molasses and licorice. The alcohol is covered quite well and is a rather smooth easy drinking beer for the style and overall a very well made tasty beer that I would gladly buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a new 12 oz. bottle, not from the Imperial Series. Short's website lists it at 8.5%.

This is black or dark brown with a slight creamy head. The smells are bitter dark chocolate and slight roasted malts.

The taste has a strong dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted malt, maybe some graham crackers, and a very slight bitter finish. The alcohol is masked well, keeping this very drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears a solid, dark black color with a cocoa-hued layer of foam sitting atop it. It has a great roasty aroma that carries over to the taste. I pick up a lot of sharp roastiness, some dark coffee and definitely a bit of dark chocolate. This is a good one.

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Photo of Hoopman
4/5  rDev -5%

Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 309 ratings
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